Shilique Calhoun (DE, Michigan State): Against one of the most talented offensive lines in the country, Calhoun had himself a day. While he was having issues getting going against future high pick Taylor Lewan, Calhoun showed quickness and great hands in order to make his way into the backfield and create issues for Michigan in the run game. He was a big part of the reason Michigan almost had negative 50 yards rushing. The world is officially on notice.
Andre Williams (RB, Boston College): The biggest reason for Boston College upsetting one of the most talented defenses in college football was the incredible day by Andre Williams. Williams is an absolute wrecking ball of a running back bulled his way through the Hokies, occasionally using surprising top end speed to break off a big run. This is a very good running back class and Williams’ violent running style may put him on level with some higher level prospects.
Jeremiah Attaochu (DE, Georgia Tech): The athletic defensive end was relentless against Pittsburgh, limiting a highly productive Pittsburgh passing offense. Attaochu was able to use his quickness and length to beat lineman after lineman and make plays in the backfield. With his upside and pass rushing ability, Attoachu could be sacking his way to a high Day 2 or low Day 1 pick.
Chris Smith (DE, Arkansas): Smith is a very talented pass rusher but his game is basically that. Against a run heavy team like Auburn, Smith was washed out in the run and was detrimental to the overall defense. No doubt he has a great talent for getting to the quarterback, but Smith needs to prove he is more than a one trick pony.
Stephon Tuitt (DL, Notre Dame): If someone looked at Stephon Tuitt, the numbers he’ll put up at the combine and his college productivity, some would think he is a first round pick… He’s not. Though he was playing out of position at Nose Tackle against Navy, he continues to show a lack of awareness and lack of motor. That has been a constant theme this year and he needs to be more consistent mentally to be a good NFL player. He needs to have more games like he did against USC and less like he did against Navy.
Sean Mannion (QB, Oregon State): Mannion has been on fire this year, putting up video game numbers and leading his team to many wins. Against USC, he regressed big time. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket at times and had issues getting the ball downfield. His decision making regressed as the game went on which led to turnovers. Mannion has played very well this year and will need to rebound from this game to show mental toughness.